2 John 4-6

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BibleNew Testament2 John


4 I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children following the truth, just as we have been commanded by the Father. 5 And now I beg you, lady, not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning, that we love one another. 6 And this is love, that we follow his commandments; this is the commandment, as you have heard from the beginning, that you follow love.

See New Testament references to "the beginning". In this letter, it refers to the beginning of the recipients' ecclesia! Not every beginning is "the beginning"; and Biblical references to the beginning of the world or the beginning of Creation are not amenable to any single dogmatic definition.